Day School: Bauhaus: Pioneers of Modern Design

Ref: C3744360

Walter Gropius founded one of the most influential schools of architecture and applied arts of the modern age, the Bauhaus, in 1919. Centred at various times in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin, it stressed the importance of the craftsman-designer for industrial mass production, aiming to reform design education and giving rise to an uncluttered, stripped down style which was to influence modernism and today’s world. We will examine Mies van der Rohe's architecture, Marcel Breuer's furniture design, Oskar Schlemmer's works for the theatre and Wassily Kandinsky's paintings, as well as considering the ongoing influence of the School.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Education Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To introduce the key artists and artworks of the Bauhaus in order to understand the main features and aims of this revolutionary school of art, architecture and design

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • explain the aims of the Bauhaus school
  • list three features of Bauhaus architecture
  • examine the paintings of either Kandinsky or Itten in a critical manner

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • undertake independent research on Bauhaus artworks

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Day School: Bauhaus: Pioneers of Modern Design


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